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Man cleared after being arrested over Imam's murder

Jalal Uddin was attacked while walking home from a mosque in Rochdale. Credit: Peter Byrne / PA Wire/PA Images

A man arrested after an Imam was brutally attacked while walking home from a mosque, has been released by murder squad detectives.

Jalal Uddin died in hospital from serious head injuries after being assaulted in a children's playground in Rochdale on Thursday night.

A 31-year-old man arrested on Friday on suspicion of murder has now been released without charge and eliminated from police inquiries.

Detectives say a racist motive for the murder has not been ruled out but they are keeping an "open mind".

Following extensive analysis of CCTV in the area, we now know that Jalal walked into the park from the South Street entrance at 8.41pm. He was then found injured seven minutes later by a passing member of the public.

– Detective Chief Inspector, Terry Crompton

Local religious leaders have called for calm, asked police be allowed to do their work and for locals not to speculate what prompted the attack.

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